India vs West Indies: Who is Rahkeem Cornwall?

Cornwall began playing first-class cricket in 2014 and has 260 wickets from 55 first-class matches along with 2224 runs.

Rahkeem Cornwall picked up the wicket of India No. 3 Cheteshwar Pujara on his Test debut.   -  AFP

Windies off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, making his Test debut against India, picked up the prized wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara, when he had the No. 3 batsman caught by Shamarh Brooks for 6.

Cornwall began playing first-class cricket in 2014 and has 260 wickets from 55 first-class matches along with 2224 runs. He recently scored two half-centuries in two unofficial Tests against India.

In 2018-19, Cornwall claimed 54 wickets in nine matches at an average of 17.68 to emerge as the leading wicket-taker. In international A-team cricket, most notably in 2018, he clinched 19 wickets at an average of 18.42 during its 3-0 home series win versus England Lions.

In the recent series against the touring India A, Cornwall took nine wickets in six matches.

Cornwall was inspired by batting legend Brian Lara but he idolises former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis.

“The Test match I remember most watching was Brian Lara’s 400 in Antigua 2004. It was early inspiration for sure to become a professional cricketer and to play for the West Indies,” he had said.

“My cricket hero is definitely Jacques Kallis. The way he carried himself as an all-rounder on and off the field, I've tried to visualise and work to match certain things I saw Kallis to do my game.”